When Ryan Nassib needs to put his hands somewhere safe, Macky is always there.
Let's keep Getting To Know these Orange. Up next is our starting center and legacy player, Macky MacPherson.
Player: Richard Astralaga "Macky" MacPherson
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
High School: CBA
2011 Stats: Played in all 12 games as SU's starting center, holding down the fort for a line that allowed Antwon Bailey to rush for 1,000 yards and Ryan Nassib to break the single-season completion mark.
2012 Projections: Macky is your starting center today, he'll be your starting center all year and he'll probably be your starting center next year. Get to know him.
How'd He Get Here?: Well, you know who his grandfather is, right? Could he possibly go play anywhere else? Harvard, Boston College, and Princeton apparently tried their best but it was not to be.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Two stars across the board.
Money Quote: "Deep in my heart, I knew I wanted to go to Syracuse. Syracuse has pretty much been my whole life. I was a ball boy when Coach Paul Pasqualoni was here. I got to see everything and how it worked. I fell in love with the place."
What Does Doug Marrone Think?: Not Marrone but Greg Adkins is high on Macky. "From everything it takes for that center position – from communication skills, to knowledge of the offense – [MacPherson's] stepped right in."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: In one of the most stunning moves in world history, Macky's brother Cameron is going to play football for...Georgetown. Shun him, Macky!
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya: Macky MacPherson grew up in orange and blue with his grandfather Hall of Fame SU coach Dick MacPherson by his side. So its no surprise that he ended up at Syracuse.